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Shop the Trend: Fall’s Black Lace

We’re feeling a bit sexy for fall. All the black lace on the runway has us in a tizzy. See, this isn’t ultra-ladylike—though there was some of that. There’s an edge to this lace. Even with floral motifs at Valentino, frissons of naughtiness were in the air. Perhaps it was bare skin peeking through, or all the black netting that reminded us of stockings. Whatever the case, lace is a must for your wardrobe this season.


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Photos: Imaxtree

Left to right: Jason Wu, Valentino, Lanvin

Jason Wu’s proper ladies showed some skin despite a high-collar top with long-sleeves. The designer even added lace details to the skirt, a great way to utilize the trend. Valentino’s girls were all lace all the time, with a sheer lace dress covered in a tiered lace coat. There’s no such thing as too much this season. And Lanvin’s dress showed the variety in fabrications: You don’t have to wear delicate netting. Go as bold as you like. Stop coveting the runway looks and wear this trend now.

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Photos courtesy of Net-a-Porter, Topshop, and Barneys.com

Left to right: Lace looks from Bottega Veneta, Topshop, Prabal Gurung


Bottega Veneta offered up a lace heavy collection (even their jewelry this season is lace filigree). This dress adds in a ’60s silhouette with a lace overlay and bright orange cummerbund. So many trends, one great dress; $2,600, net-a-porter.com. For a bolder lace look, Topshop’s Peter Pan top is a cute (and wearable!) option; $55, topshop.com. Prabal Gurung’s romantic fall collection included actual lace, but we love this lace-print dress (that is, actually lace-free); $2,555, barneys.com.

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Photos courtesy of Saks.com, Endless.com, and Farfetch.com

Left to right: Accessories from Valentino, Paco Mena Albertnellia, Dolce & Gabbana


If a whole lot of lace reminds you too much of your goth years back in the day (no judging—we were there, too), try an accessory instead. Our favorite? Valentino’s black lace rain boot. You may as well face the weather in style;  $295, saks.com. For the tiniest hint of lace, a clutch (by Paco Mena Albertnellia) is the way to go. There's something so romantic and carefree about a small bag—maybe it’s just us; $34, endless.com. And the ultimate Black Lace Masters, Dolce & Gabbana, have of course designed the chicest black lace pump; $475, available for pre-order at farfetch.com.

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Photo courtesy of Lorac 

Makeup by Lorac

Last but not least, the beauty world has embraced the lace trend, too. Lorac’s new fall collection comes in lace packaging. The Ooh La Lace shadow set comes with six colors that are lingerie inspired; $36, sephora.com.


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